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VAMPY Courses

Please note that these are 2021 courses. Classes update slightly each year and the final list will be added here in late spring 2022.

After reading the descriptions and noting the qualifying SAT or ACT scores for each class, please write the name of your first, second, and third choices in the spaces provided on the application. It is important that your choices are classes which interest you and to which you are willing to give your best effort for three weeks. If your first choice is filled, you will be placed in the next available choice.

If ACT or SAT test scores are not available, a recommendation from an educator can also be used. The link to that form will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Ancient Civilizations

Jan Lanham

The impacts of the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman civilizations resonate across history into modern daily life. Through in-depth studies of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, students will examine the foundations of ancient mythology, technology, philosophy, language, the arts, and government to develop an understanding of the impacts of these ideas across time. Students will conduct independent scholarly research on ancient daily life and participate in broad-based simulations. Students will use literature, scholarly readings, art projects, dramatizations, scholarly and creative writing, and independent research to identify contributions of ancient civilizations their impacts today.

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or SAT-W≥500 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT- ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Arabic

Lhousseine Guerwane

Arabic is the language of nearly 300 million people, and the Arabic culture is one of the oldest and richest on earth. This class will introduce students to the Arabic language, including writing and reading the Arabic alphabet and calligraphy. Students will develop cultural fluency through studying Arab culture, art, food, cinema, celebrations, and music. The class will partake in debates, role-plays, discussions, field trips, and projects that will enhance knowledge of the Arabic language. Students will also explore the strong cultural ties between Western and Arab cultures and learn about the modern Arab world.

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or SAT-W≥500 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT-ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

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Chemistry

Deborah Brock

This class, an introduction to general chemistry, explores material equivalent to an accelerated high school chemistry course. Concepts covered include scientific method, qualitative analysis, atomic theory, inorganic nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, polymer chemistry, and nanotechnology. Class time will be divided between demonstrations, lecture, and laboratory experiments. Students should bring a scientific calculator.

Prerequisite: Algebra I or equivalent course
Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT-ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Computer Science

Matt Staggs

Computer Science is everywhere that logic can be found and an efficient way to solve a problem is needed — computers not necessary. Students will learn the basics of “thinking like a computer,” including sorting, searching, iteration, arrays, efficiency analysis, graph structures, social networks, recursion, trees, hashing, dictionary structures, reduction, and dynamic programming. They will apply these theories to improving real-world problem solutions by considering how computers are built to solve tasks, operating systems internals, compiled languages, interpreted languages, networking, and resource utilization. Activities will include class discussions, demonstrations, team projects, hands-on experiments with logic, and, by the end of the course, building a network of laptops that can help save the world. Students will be introduced to the C, Java, and Python programming languages, though the focus will be on Python.

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or ACT-M≥20

 

DNA and Genetics

Colton Isaacs

This class focuses on the exciting new world of genetics and how it affects food processing and medical research. After learning the basics of DNA structure and Mendelian genetics, the class will apply this knowledge to food production, horse genetics, and medical research. Students will conduct lab experiments, go on a field trip to a genetics lab, and Skype with geneticists. The future of medicine and food production lies in DNA research.

Prerequisite: Algebra I or equivalent course
Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT-ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Mathematics

Natasha Gerstenschlager

Each student in this class will have the opportunity to study mathematics starting at his/her own level of mastery. Students with the proper preparation may study Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Discrete Mathematics, or other abstract courses. Students will be pretested to ensure proper placement. Emphasis will be on the logical sequence of concepts and skills rather than memorization of facts and formulas. Instruction is individualized, and students work independently at their own pace. Students move to new chapters as they demonstrate mastery by scoring at least 80% on chapter tests. Students must enjoy mathematics and be able to work independently to gain the most from this class.

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or ACT-M≥20

 

Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Ron Skillern

This class chronicles Adolf Hitler’s early life, his rise to power, and his policy of anti-Semitism, focusing on how the members of the Nazi Party saw themselves and the role of propaganda in molding popular opinion. The class will employ a variety of activities and teaching methods: lecture, discussion, video, primary documents, debate, mock trial, library research, and guest speakers. Additionally, students will participate in one of the three projects: Holocasut Mural (six feet by nine feet), Mock Trial of Adolf Hitler, and play  based on The Anne Frank story. All students will participate in researching the message of the mural and in selecting the images created on the canvas. In 2017, Kentucky Educational Television created a 26-minute documentary titled Murals of the Holocaust which can be viewed at this link. The course will conclude wtih an examination of the present-day manifestations of racism in both America and Europe.

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT-ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Physics

Kenny Lee

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics as well as electricity, magnetism, waves, light, and optics. Development of the concepts will be stressed as well as the development of laboratory skills and mathematical problem-solving. Practical application will be emphasized through student involvement in laboratory experiments and demonstrations. Students should bring a scientific calculator capable of calculating sine, cosine, and tangent.

Prerequisite: Algebra I or equivalent course and some experience with right-angle trigonometry
Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT-S≥21

 

Pop Culture

Justin Mitchell

Want to get a new perspective on history? This class will travel through the decades of the 20th and 21st centuries examining, the history of America through pop culture. Various genres of music, film, sports, literature, and fashion as well as fads from the past and present will be explored. Students will discover how media influences culture, examine what makes things pop, and research the lasting effects of pop culture on society. 

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or SAT-W≥500 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT- ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Presidential Politics

Dennis Jenkins

This class will explore a variety of issues and decisions that American presidents have faced since 1960. An emphasis will be given to the more pivotal decisions, events, and elections that have impacted our nation’s history during the last 60 years, from the presidency of John F. Kennedy through Donald Trump. Students will participate in debates, discussions, and projects that enhance their knowledge of presidential politics with the goal of improving students’ analytical and critical thinking skills. They will also examine political campaign strategies, platforms, commercials, debates, court cases, and satire in presidential elections. 

Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or SAT-W≥500 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT- ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Problems You’ve Never Solved Before

Catherine Poteet

Have you ever had to mail a potato chip? Build a bridge out of paper? Drop an egg from four stories high with only a few household materials to safely protect it? This class is designed to stretch problem-solving and creative thinking skills. Students will be required to use evidence and deductive reasoning to solve unique, real-world problems through the engineering design process of creating, testing, and improving.

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Prerequisite: Algebra I or equivalent course
Qualifying Scores: SAT-M≥520 or SAT-CR≥510 or ACT-M≥20 or ACT-ENG≥20 or ACT-S≥21 or ACT-R≥21

 

Writing

Audrey Harper

This language-intensive, inquiry-driven course will be conducted as a reading/writing workshop. Work will center around individual literacy goals and inquiry focus wherein students choose writing and reading related to their area of inquiry in exposition, poetry, fiction, and argument. The writing process will be emphasized as well as learning to read as a writer. The culminating activity will be a presentation of multigenre-multimodal projects — writing that integrates fiction, poetry, and prose in a multimodal fashion to communicate learning on a self-identified topic of inquiry.

Qualifying Scores: SAT-CR≥510 or SAT-W≥500 or ACT-ENG≥20 or ACT-R≥21


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